After repeatedly denying that mass rapes occurred during violent political riots last May, the Indonesian government has finally acknowledged some of the rapes of ethnic Chinese there, but continues to deny that "mass and systematic" rapes occurred.
1,200 people were killed and 168 ethnic Chinese women alleged that they were raped during the riots, which began with the killing of student political protestors by the military and led to wide-spread looting and ethnic violence.
Last month, a government-convened panel of experts released a report, finding evidence that 66 women were raped. The government argued that this estimate was too high, and claimed that only 52 women were raped, that 24 were "sexually mistreated" and that another four were harassed. State Secretariat Minister Akbar announced that the Indonesian government will provide a counseling program for the rape victims and will grant financial compensation for "material loss" during the riots.
12/11/2013 Human Rights Day Celebrated Around The World - Yesterday marked International Human Rights Day, a day to celebrate human rights advances and to assess the challenges that lie ahead in protecting them.
"The fundamentals for protecting and promoting human rights are largely in place: these include a strong and growing body of international human rights law and standards, as well as institutions to interpret the laws, monitor compliance and apply them to new and emerging human rights issues," said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in a statement. . . .
12/11/2013 UConn Under Federal Investigation For Mishandling Sexual Assault Cases - The US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) informed the University of Connecticut on Monday that it will investigate the school for allegedly mishandling sexual assault cases and violating Title IX, the federal law that requires all recipients of federal financial assistance for education programs and activities to prohibit sex discrimination and sexual harassment [PDF].
The investigation was sparked after seven women filed a formal complaint in October alleging that UConn had failed to protect them from sexual assault and exposed them to a sexually hostile environment.One woman says her attacker was expelled from campus but later readmitted without her knowledge. . . .
12/11/2013 Massachusetts Democrat Katherine Clark Wins Congressional Seat - Democrat Katherine Clark will become the fifth woman to represent Massachusetts in the US House Tuesday, after easily defeating three opponents in a special election.
"Six years ago, there wasn't a single woman representing Massachusetts in Congress," said Niki Tsongas, the only other woman representing Massachusetts in the House. . . .